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Why did Beethoven write 33 variations
on "an insignificant little waltz” when
his publisher, Diabelli, wanted just one?
Musicologist Dr. Katherine Brandt, beset by

her own challenges with an insidious disease,
is driven to discover an answer.

by Moisés Kaufman

Special Concert Reading
March 12 - 14 at 7:30

Presented as a concert reading fundraiser for Soulstice, this Wisconsin premiere features
UWM Peck School of Music Professor
Elena Abend

at the piano.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the
Villa Terrace Ballroom,

2220 N. Terrace Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202.
to purchase your special tickets.

Starring Laura Monagle,
Amanda Hull, David Rothrock, Margaret Casey,
Michael Keiley, Mark Flagg, and
Ted Tyson as Beethoven.

Questions: Please call Villa Terrace
(414) 271-3656

The Pillowman -- April 16 - May 2, 2015

by Martin McDonagh. The scariest of ghost stories often hold a kernel of real truth… Katurian, a writer of fictional short stories which often depict violence against children, has been arrested by two detectives of the police state, Ariel and Tupolski. It seems some of Katurian’s stories resemble recent child murders to which his mentally-challenged brother, Michal, has not only confessed, but also implicated him. When the possibility arises that one missing child may still be alive, the "good cop / bad cop" investigators stop at nothing in pursuit of the truth, no matter how unsavory it might be. Guilt is relative in this twisted tale, as the demons within all are forced to the surface. The play includes both narrations and reenactments of several of Katurian's stories, most notably the autobiographical "The Writer and the Writer's Brother", which tells how Katurian developed his disturbed imagination by hearing the sounds of Michal being tortured by their parents. Believing his ultimate conviction and execution is certain, the writer hopes to find immortality by the only means possible – by preserving his stories – but will undoubtedly find it with words and images haunting your memory. PERFORMANCES WILL BE THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS, & SATURDAYS AT 7:30 P.M. Tickets will go on sale in mid-February. **Kindly note, this play does contain powerfully dark subject matter and imagery and is recommended for audience members of high school age and above.

Eurydice -- June 5 - 20, 2015

by Sarah Ruhl. Called "rhapsodically beautiful" and "inexpressibly moving," this is Sarah Ruhl's reimagining of the Orpheus myth through the eyes of its heroine. Written in honor of her father, who died of cancer, and as a way to "have a few more conversations with him," Ruhl’s Eurydice dies too young on her wedding day, and is forced to journey to the Underworld. There, she reunites with her father and struggles to remember Orpheus, her lost love in the world above. The result is a lush, luminous exploration of the memory, loss, and love beyond the grave. Performances of Sarah Ruhl's EURYDICE will be on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale in early March.